Map of Marshall Islands shows the islands with boundaries, national capitals.
Geography of Norfolk Islands
Norfolk Island is the exterior terrain of Australia, within the southwest part of the Pacific Ocean and around 1,676 km of Sydney (northeast). The island is around 8 km long and 5 km wide. It is in fact, volcanic and its rugged land has an insignificant elevation of a mere 110m above the sea level that upsurges to Mount Bates and Mount Pitt. Situated in the South of Norfolk Island, Kingston is the main administrative and settlement center of the Island. The tiny island is situated between New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia; along with 2 neighboring islands.
Demography of Norfolk Islands
There were approx. 1,748 inhabitants in Norfolk Island, as per the 2016 Census; out of which 46.8% (males) and 53.2% (females); approx. 0.5% was the Torres Islander/Aboriginals out of the entire population of Norfolk. The median age of individuals on the Island was 49 years (2016 census). Children between 0 – 14 years were 16.9% and people over 65 years were 23.8% of the entire population.
Culture of Norfolk Islands
The majority of the people in Norfolk Island are Australian, New Zealanders, and an insignificant percentage of Filipinos, English, and Fijians. While some people in the Island follow Tahitian traditions, including some dance customs and hula; the political parties are determined to restructure the island’s community with the objective of preserving, promoting, and protecting the values of welfare, well-being, and identity of the community as well as its exclusive cultural expression and knowledge. Most of the people on the Island are Christians; Traditional handicrafts such as weaving, painting, pottery, poets, acting, music, quilters, artisans, and sculptors art conspicuously persist on the island.
Though certified as an endangered language by UNESCO, Norfuk is widely spoken on the island; the language is the blend of English (of the 18th century) and the antique Tahitian.
Places to visit in Norfolk Islands
Norfolk Island is beautifully described by the jagged cliffs and pine trees, the sandy beaches of the Island include Emily Bay. You can even visit the Norfolk Island National Park that offers sight over the palm woodlands from Mt. Pitt. You would also like the Norfolk Island Museum situated in the capital city, Kingston, depicting the colorful pasts of the Island. The Historic Area of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale with an abandoned British penal colony is also a place to explore.
EMILY BAY LAGOON
It is one of the best family destinations on the Island; parents can comfortably relax on the scenic sandy seashore without getting fearful of the huge waves while the children enjoy the water.
Norfolk Island Cemetery
You can explore a lot about the history of the Island by interpreting the gravestones of imitator Thomas Salisbury Wright, author Colleen McCullogh and many other distinguished characters. You would even find a tiny gate that opens onto the beach, forming the background to this mesmerizing resting home.
The Local Art Gallery
The Norfolk Islands Art Gallery is a tiny gallery offering novel and unique artworks; the memento postcards and the canvas paints and prints, the deal keepsakes of your delightful voyage to Norfolk Island. One of the unique features of the gallery is the lessons offered on watercolor, which highly beneficial for beginners, and important for preserving the art and culture of the Island.
What is the best time to visit Norfolk Islands?
The most ideal time to visit Norfolk Island is between October through March as the place receives less rainfall, and great sunshine, making the weather pleasant. January through March is the warmest season when you can swim, snorkel and make your journey more memorable.